Man Utd ace Angel Gomes recalls what Wayne Rooney told him during his club debut
Manchester United youngster Angel Gomes has revealed what Wayne Rooney told him as he replaced the Red Devils legend on his senior debut.
The then 16-year-old attacker was named on the bench with manager Jose Mourinho opting to rest a number of first team regulars in preparation for the Europa League final against Ajax.
It was to be Rooney’s final appearance for United at Old Trafford and Gomes has opened up on the ‘crazy’ experience of coming on as his replacement.
“We reached the Europa League final that season, which meant that Jose Mourinho changed things around for the last game of the season in the Premier League,” the youngster said.
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“He picked a young team and put me on the bench while I was still 16. I just remember that towards the end of the game, we were winning 2-0 and I was out on the touchline stretching, but I couldn’t hear anything.
“The manager was shouting me and I couldn’t hear, so a steward clocked what was happening and he shouted me. I turned around, he pointed at the manager and I was like: Ohhhh, right… I’m going on!
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“I just remember standing there, seeing the board go up, seeing 10 come up and Wayne Rooney coming off towards me. It was his last game at Old Trafford as a United player so he got a standing ovation, everyone clapping him off.
“Meanwhile, I’m stood there thinking to myself… this is crazy. As he was getting closer, I’m like: “I’m ACTUALLY going to come on here.
“As Rooney got to me, he just said: ‘Go on and have fun.’ Just like Dad always did. It was so surreal. Goosebumps. Everything.”
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Unfortunately. Gomes has made just a handful of appearances since that day and is currently at the centre of a contract dispute which could see him leave Old Trafford.
However, United’s head of first-team development Nicky Butt is hopeful he will stay, saying: “I’ve still got massive hopes for [Gomes]. He’s got a contract dispute at the minute which all players have, and I don’t get involved in that.
“That’s what he does with his agent and the club. That’s personal. The boy trains every day and works hard and his talent is unbelievable.”
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